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7 Heart-Smart Myths and Facts for Heart Month

According to statistics from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, heart disease and stroke claim a human life roughly ever 7-minutes. Established in 1958, the Foundation dubbed February “Heart Month,” an opportunity to raise awareness about the risk factors of heart disease and stroke and fundraise to support life-saving cardiovascular research efforts.

To mark Heart Month, let’s decipher fact from myth when it comes to living a heart-smart lifestyle…

1. FACT: A Broken Heart is a Legitimate Medical Condition

Broken heart syndrome (or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy) is a legitimate medical condition that was discovered by Japanese doctors in the early part of the 1990s. Today, cardiologists recognize broken heart syndrome on a global scale.

Cardiologists refer to this cardiac syndrome as “takotsubo,” which describes the ballooning (or bulging) of the heart in Japanese. The syndrome is brought on by severe physical or emotional stress (i.e., death of a loved one, partner abuse, or extreme debt) that triggers the discharge of stress hormones, obstructs blood flow, and mimics a heart attack.

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